During TechEd 2012 in Las Vegas, SAP BusinessObjects was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to present the work of the Web Intelligence Influence council.
The presentation covers a short review of the improvements of the recent WebI releases, as well as what’s planned for the coming releases.
Following the presentation, we had time for a Q&A session. The questions and their answers are covered here:
Q1: Will there be integrated help in the app? I’m looking for context-relevant steps,how do I do x task.
A: We have already the help available via the menu bar. Contextual help would
be a good way to improve usability. We will consider this enhancement for a
Q2: Universe list tool tip is visible only for a short time. Some descriptions are too long
to read in that time. One work-around suggested was taking a screenshot with the tool tip open.
A: Maybe the solution would be to have a remaining tool tip as long as you hover over the object. We have added this enhancement for a future release.
Q3: For the layout, will the pixel measure be an option again, in addition to the cm and inch?
A: We are already tracking this feature in order to add it in WebI.
Q4: Will there be an option to organize the Universe list in to “folders” or some otherlogical grouping? It would make it easier to find the right universes.
A: This is a great idea to improve usability & easy access to my universe.
We could do this in three ways: 1) provide a view of the folder structure defined in CMS by IT. 2) add a kind of FAVORITES universes to speed up the access to the ones I most use. 3) provode the ability to the end-user to create his own universe structure.
Theses ERs have been added to the feature backlog.
Q5: Is there a comparison of the feature set of the HTML vs Java applet? It would help to decide before starting a job, if the HTML is sufficient and that would save time waiting for the Java applet to load.
A: A list like this is to be published soon on SCN.
Q6: Will there be further export options, especially the export to XLS. DeskI had specific formatting options for XLS export, will those come back?
A: Within the release of the FP3 we have improved the “Export to Excel” feature. For a future release, we are planning to improve this functionality, specially the chart export.